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Folly's place

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Doing some yard work (never enough!) and general 'stuff', seems like slow motion compared to years gone by. Shopping, never a favorite, takes less time in the store, hate being there, and more time at home, unpacking, wiping, sorting. And whatever's on the list, some item or other will not be on the shelf.
Weather, beautiful! Love the better temps this week!
Our two remaining white Chantecler cockerels are spending their time with the hens, rather than splitting up and one going with any of the pullets. Who knows what they are thinking? The six Chantie pullets are a team, out further from the coop every day, and the eight younger pullets are closer to the coop, sometimes with one of the bantam EE cockerels. Things are settling down, but not organized as I thought it would be, at least not yet.
When the pullets come into lay, probably rearrangements will occur...
Mary
 

aart

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The weather has been divine, that'll change tomorrow with more nasty heat coming.

The Junior Contingent 13wo.
Dinners need to go soon.
Sister's gonna be lonely.
Never had this scenario before, could be bad news.
Last time I had this broody chick ratio, there was a younger batch of chicks for her to hang with and it worked out OK. This time, not sure how it will go.
Thought about keeping one cockerel as a buddy, but he may harass her too much for it to be any solace.DecisionsDecisions.
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I would also be tempted to keep her a buddy, at least until she had established herself in the flock. But boys do cause trouble!

Had a heavenly few spare hours yesterday afternoon, hand-watered some of my flower beds and watched the bees flying around.

Hi cmom!
 

Folly's place

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Last year we had a few Cornishx chicks and two Orphingtons, cockerel and pullet, with them. When the Cornishx birds left at nine weeks, the two BOs started integrating with the flock. The cockerel ate some humble pie, and the two ran around together for a couple more weeks. Then he was rehomed, and she moved into the flock pretty gracefully. It all worked out just fine.
I think that transition time was good, maybe easier on her than having the cockerel gone immediately.
Mary
 

aart

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I would also be tempted to keep her a buddy, at least until she had established herself in the flock. But boys to cause trouble!
Trying to decide which one, never know how they will behave once the others are gone. The flock keeps this group pretty well out of the mix of things, why they were all segregating on the roost.
And I'd really rather slaughter them all at once....but maybe that will be another new thing to experience.
 

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Bring back the heat!. If the chill that I have been experiencing this week is any indicator then I'm going to be in for a rough winter. The visiting nurse says that I'm so cold because of the extensive cutting and scarring. My entire chest is numb yet. Just have to keep my mind from thinking about it.

There are always things to do in the garage. I got the ceiling lights all wired in with just a bit of smoke and sparks. :oops: I did have a defective switch so I replaced it and neatened up the wires. I have so much light in the garage. It is great.

I think I'll start cleaning out the coop this weekend. Time for fresh bedding, straw bales, windbreaks, and a better roosting area for the separate flock dynamics. The birds I got from Mary have merged quite well. The rooster is calm and attentive to the old hens. The cockerel is pretty laid back too. Neither male does much crowing. A couple of nice crows early on from Big Boy and a squeak from Little Boy only rarely. It is pretty peaceful here. I'm still amazed at just how big Big Boy is. Enjoy your day.
 

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